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I'm staying put in my Ulster job, coach Kiss tells critics

 

By Michael Sadlier

Les Kiss has defiantly hit back at the groundswell of criticism regarding his future as Ulster's Director of Rugby following last weekend's 44-16 hammering at Connacht.

Though the six-try record reverse to the western province ended a five-game unbeaten run for Ulster, the immediate aftermath of this humiliating defeat led to speculation that Kiss would not be seeing out his contract which runs until the end of next season.

"There is criticism and that's fine but my job is to not to be sucked into that vortex," said the 53-year-old Australian who is preparing his side for what is now a must-win home clash with Munster on New Year's Day.

"My job is to stay on this and I believe what we're doing is the right thing and we've got to respond on Monday (against Munster).

"That noise is out there. It's been out there for a while and I understand it," he added of criticism that has come his way over Ulster's already unconvincing performances before Connacht then struck them down.

"We always feel pressure. It's not something you escape. It's something you revel in as well, you want to be able to stand up to it and fight against it.

"But ultimately it isn't about me," he insisted. I haven't read one thing on social media.

"It is about the team and my job along with the coaches is to get it together and crystallise what this means to us and do the job on Monday. That's my focus."

For Munster, Kiss will have South African Jean Deysel back for the first time since October while Charles Piutau, Christian Leali'ifano, Stuart McCloskey and Rob Herring should also return.

But Sean Reidy is out along with Chris Henry, Tommy Bowe and Rory Best.

ULSTER DEYSEL POWER: P48-49

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